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  • Marine Le Pen: Is France's National Front leader far-right?

    11/22/2017 7:36:53 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    BBC ^ | undated | Hugh Schofield
    Marine Le Pen's political awakening came at the age of eight, when she survived a bombing at her family's Paris home. Five kilograms of dynamite had been placed on the landing outside the apartment at 9 Villa Poirier. The explosion ripped open the entire front of the building. A baby in the next-door flat fell five floors and was saved by the branches of a tree. In her autobiography, the woman who took over the leadership of France's National Front (FN) from her father describes the chaos, the smoke and debris. She and her two sisters “were on our knees...
  • German political chaos shows France 'needs to take lead in Europe'

    11/20/2017 9:04:38 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 20 November 2017 15:55 CET+01:00 | Ben McPartland/The Local/AFP
    The breakdown in attempts by Angela Merkel to form a government has shown France that is must take the initiative in Europe, the presidency says, but without German backing Emmanuel Macron’s ambitious reforms will stay on ice. France is hoping that Germany will remain a “stable and strong” partner to allow the two partners to “move forward together”, the French presidency said after German coalition talks collapsed leaving the country in political turmoil. The breakdown “only reinforces the need for France to propose, to take the initiative and to work on an ambitious European project that we will put in...
  • Poland tensions with Ukraine and EU "Kremlin plan": Tusk

    11/20/2017 1:35:55 AM PST · by NorseViking · 8 replies
    Brussels (AFP) - European Council President Donald Tusk on Sunday questioned whether tensions between Poland's rightwing government with Ukraine and the EU is a "Kremlin plan". "Alarm!" warned Tusk, a former liberal prime minister of Poland, on his personal Twitter account. "Intense dispute with Ukraine, isolation within the European Union, departure from the rule of law and judicial independence, attack on the non-governmental sector and free media - is this PiS strategy or the Kremlin's plan? Too similar to sleep peacefully," he said in Polish. The governing conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party is increasingly at odds with Brussels because...
  • Spanish Police Shoot Man Who ‘Shouted Allahu Akbar’

    11/18/2017 10:45:31 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    Dawn ^ | November 19, 2017
    Police in Spain shot and injured an unarmed Frenchman on Saturday at a toll station near the French border, who officers said was shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’. The officers mistakenly suspected he had a weapon, a police statement said, adding that they do not expect to open a terrorism investigation. The man, of Moroccan origin, was travelling with a woman in a vehicle registered in France and approached the toll by the border town of La Jonquera in the north of the country in the early hours of Saturday morning.
  • Aarhus man gets prison sentence for making bomb in basement [Somali citizen; Denmark]

    11/17/2017 5:54:43 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    TheLocal.dk ^ | 16 November 2017 16:22 CET+01:00 | Ritzau/The Local
    A 25-year-old man has been sentenced to two years and six months in prison by Denmark’s High Court for making and possessing a bomb. Somalian citizen Libaan Ahmed Warsame has also been sentenced with conditional deportation from Denmark. He was found guilty of making and storing a bomb in the basement of an apartment building on the Peter Fabers Vej residential street in Aarhus. The device was discovered by a resident in the building in October 2016, and the area was closed off for several areas as armed police evacuated the block and arrested Warsame. A bomb disposal unit was...
  • Here's how Germany could end up having a snap election next year

    11/17/2017 9:35:39 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 17 November 2017 17:03 CET+01:00 | AFP
    A collapse of exploratory talks on forming a new German government under Chancellor Angela Merkel would likely trigger snap elections, a prospect fraught with risk for Europe’s top economic power. The inconclusive September 24th general election left Merkel seeking new partners as she attempts to embark on a fourth term. However, a failure of her conservatives to find enough common ground with the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) and the ecologist Greens to embark on formal coalition talks would leave the country in political limbo. Before new elections could be called under Germany’s Basic Law, the Bundestag lower house of parliament...
  • EU willing to increase resources to counter Russian interference

    11/14/2017 10:07:37 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    EurActiv ^ | Nov 14, 2017 | Jorge Valero
    Following developments in Eastern Europe and Catalonia, EU foreign affairs ministers pledged more resources to fight against foreign interference in Europe, in particular coming from Russian actors. […] Propaganda and disinformation activities generated and multiplied by foreign actors based in Russia have become a concern, primarily in Ukraine and eastern EU member states. But following a swathe of fake news stories during the French elections and, more recently, during the Catalan crisis, ministers agreed that more needs to be done to counter this new type of threat aimed at destabilizing the bloc. After referring to the Catalan example, Spanish Foreign...
  • Gulf minister warns Germany to keep better control over its mosques

    11/14/2017 6:43:29 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 14 November 2017 10:45 CET+01:00 | DPA/The Local
    Sheikh Nahjan Mubarak al Nahjan, the minister for tolerance in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has said that inadequate surveillance of mosques has led to Islamist terrorism in Germany. “You can’t just leave a mosque open and allow anyone to go there and to preach. You need to have licenses,” said al Nahjan in an interview with DPA. He added that the problem existed in Germany, France and the United Kingdom, arguing that Muslims were becoming radicalized in mosques where the authorities were not exerting strong enough control. […] In the authoritarian UAE, mosques are comprehensively controlled by the authorities....
  • French leader: State's failure to help poor fueled extremism

    11/14/2017 5:56:38 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 14, 2017 7:24 AM EST
    President Emmanuel Macron says the French state fueled homegrown extremism by abandoning its poorest neighborhoods, and is promising tough and “sometimes authoritarian” new measures to combat the problem.The pledge is part of a multibillion-euro plan that Macron is laying out Tuesday focusing on suburban housing projects plagued by crime and joblessness. Macron was unusually harsh in his criticism of previous governments, saying radicalization took root because the state abdicated its responsibility in impoverished public housing, and extremist preachers filled the void. …
  • Iran tells France nuclear deal 'not negotiable'

    11/12/2017 8:58:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 12 November 2017 08:29 CET+01:00 | AFP
    Iran’s nuclear deal is “not negotiable”, Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Bassam Ghassemi said Saturday in response to remarks by French president Emmanuel Macron. Macron called for vigilance towards Tehran over its ballistic missile program and regional activities in an interview published Wednesday by the Emirati daily Al-Ittihad. “We have told French leaders on several occasions that the Iran nuclear deal is not negotiable, and that no other issues can be included in the text” of the 2015 agreement, state news agency IRNA quoted Ghassemi as saying. France, the foreign ministry speaker said, is “fully aware of our country’s intangible position...
  • Swedish radio station: Pirate broadcaster plays pro-IS song

    11/10/2017 7:31:05 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 10, 2017 10:59 AM EST
    A Swedish radio station says a pirate broadcaster briefly broke into its Friday morning show and broadcast an English-language pop song with lyrics urging Westerners to join the Islamic State group. […] Bauer Media operates the Mix Megapol station in Malmö on which the song was aired. Malmö is Sweden’s third-largest city. The 24Malmö news site said the song, titled “For the Sake of Allah,” played non-stop for about 30 minutes on the FM and internet-based station. …
  • EU moves to speed troop deployments in and outside Europe

    11/10/2017 6:21:35 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 10, 2017 8:12 AM EST
    The European Union is moving to lift barriers to the rapid deployment of the 28 nations’ armies to confront aggressors within Europe or abroad. Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc, unveiling the plan Friday, said that “we need to be able to react effectively to internal and external crisis situations.” The aim is to upgrade infrastructure like bridges, roads and runways that can’t handle heavy military equipment and cut customs and administrative red tape, which cause delays, higher costs and leave Europe vulnerable to attack. …
  • Britain’s exit from the EU will cost Germany billions: EU report

    11/10/2017 10:31:04 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 10 November 2017 10:16 CET+01:00 | DPA/The Local
    According to a study by the EU, which has been published by the Funke Mediengruppe, Germany will have to increase its contribution to the EU budget by €3.8 billion annually after the UK leaves. The additional costs will add up to a 16 percent increase in Germany’s annual contribution to EU finances, the report predicts. “Brexit doesn’t just increase the financial weight on the other 27 EU members; it also changes how the contributions will be divided up,” the report continues. Germany, along with the Netherlands and Sweden currently benefits from a reduction in its contributions, which were agreed along...
  • Danish wind turbine giant blown off course by cloudy outlook

    11/09/2017 6:45:58 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    TheLocal.dk ^ | 9 November 2017 11:49 CET+01:00 | AFP
    Shares in Vestas, the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturer, tumbled more than 17 percent Thursday after the Danish firm tweaked its annual outlook and its quarterly net profit slid. At 8:30 GMT, its shares were down 17.3 percent to 436.1 kroner (€58.60), in a market down 1.9 percent overall. Net profit fell 18 percent in the third quarter to €253 million, while sales slid 5.5 percent to €2.7 billion. The operating profit margin, which excludes exceptional items, dropped two percentage points from the same period last year to 12.9 percent. […] Vestas’ shares already tumbled 11 percent last Friday after...
  • Germany's top court tells lawmakers to recognize 'third gender'

    11/08/2017 3:58:28 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 8 November 2017 10:12 CET+01:00 | AFP
    Germany’s top court on Wednesday required parliament to legally recognize a “third gender” from birth, potentially making it the first European country to offer intersex people the option of identifying as neither male nor female. Current regulations on civil status are discriminatory against intersex people, the Federal Constitutional Court said, noting that the sexual identity of an individual is protected as a basic right. Legislators must by the end of 2018 pass a new regulation to offer a third gender option in birth registers, the court added, ruling in favour of an appeal brought by an intersex person. In the...
  • Zürich police will no longer automatically name nationality of crime suspects [Switzerland]

    11/08/2017 9:03:31 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    TheLocal.ch ^ | 7 November 2017 11:46 CET+01:00
    Police in the city of Zürich will no longer name the nationality of a suspected offender in press releases, arguing that to do so is discriminatory and inappropriate. City councilor Richard Wolff, head of the city’s security department, ordered the new measure, which is backed by center and left-wing parties. In a statement, the department said, “the regular mention of nationality in police reports is discriminatory because it suggests that the offense can be explained by the nationality of the perpetrator”. Some media say it is important in the name of transparency to state a suspect’s nationality and not to...
  • Foreigners should not be allowed to run in Danish local elections: DF

    11/08/2017 8:47:00 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    TheLocal.dk ^ | 8 November 2017 15:38 CET+01:00 | Michael Barrett
    Denmark’s nationalist Danish People’s Party (Dansk Folkeparti, DF) wants to change rules to prevent foreign citizens from running in municipal and regional elections. Parliament will on Thursday open discussion of a proposal by the party to introduce rules requiring non-Danish citizens to pass an extended Danish language test before being approved to run in the elections, TV2 reported on Wednesday. Opposition MPs and an international candidate in the 2017 regional elections have voiced their opposition to DF’s stance. Martin Henriksen, immigration spokesperson with DF, told TV2 that his party would prefer Danish citizens only to run in the elections. With...
  • Trump not invited to Paris December climate change summit for now, says France

    11/07/2017 7:15:28 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 61 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 7, 2017 | Staff
    PARIS - U.S. President Donald Trump, who pulled his country out of the 2015 Paris climate change deal, is “for the time being” not invited to a climate change summit due to be held in the French capital in December, an official in President Emmanuel Macron’s office said. Over a hundred countries, as well as non governmental organizations, have been invited for the Dec.12 summit. “The United States have a bit of a special status for that summit,” the official said.
  • France opens investigation into new Charlie Hebdo threats

    11/06/2017 6:48:28 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 6, 2017 3:41 PM EST
    French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo has filed a complaint following new death threats received after its latest front page cartoon on Islam and a controversial Muslim scholar. […] The latest issue, including the cover, refers to rape allegations that recently surfaced against Muslim scholar Tariq Ramadan. Ramadan has dismissed the rape allegations as a “campaign of slander.” …
  • German intelligence agency gets spy satellite system funds

    11/05/2017 7:22:25 AM PST · by Olog-hai
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 11.05.2017 | Jefferson Chase
    The German government has allocated €400 million ($465 million) to fund the construction of up to three spy satellites for the country’s foreign intelligence service, the BND. This has been reported by a consortium of newspapers and is part of a general trend within Germany of increasing surveillance and surveillance capabilities. It is expected that the system, which has been nicknamed “Georg,” could be launched into space by the early 2020s. A confidential sub-committee within the budget committee of the German parliament reportedly approved the money for the project, away from public scrutiny, this June. The newspapers cited a document...